Only an estimated 5% of the approximately 400,000 children living with disabilities in Haiti have access to inclusive education or specialized medical care, and the stigma surrounding disability often relegates these "invisible children" to the furthest margins. Pazapa supports the treatment, education and development of children marginalized by disability and poverty in Haiti, while advocating for their inclusion, protection and human rights.
About This Cause
Pazapa means "step by step" in Haitian Creole, and in this way, we've worked alongside over 2,000 of Haiti’s most vulnerable families since 1987. Pazapa's comprehensive programs fill critical gaps where services and support would otherwise be unavailable, providing specialized medical care, adaptive education, rural outreach, disability advocacy, economic opportunity, and access to the arts.
Specialized Medical Care: Clinical evaluations, surgeries, medication management and rehabilitative therapy provided to children with medically treatable disabilities such as clubfoot and epilepsy.
Adaptive Education: Specialized early intervention, preschool and primary instruction for children who would otherwise not have access to an education. Students are provided quality instruction to the national certification level while building language, social and coping skills.
Rural Outreach: Community-based workers support the social, educational, medical and economic welfare of over 100 homebound children in 5 rural villages through home visits, medical clinics, school mainstreaming, microloans, community meetings and parent groups.
Disability Advocacy: Awareness events, radio broadcasts, symposia, mainstreaming assistance, community meetings and inclusive education trainings change norms and combat harmful misconceptions about disability, build community cohesion and promote equal rights.
Economic Opportunity: Vocational training and scholarships to build skills and livelihoods in art, construction, cooking, law and sewing. Ti Commerce microloans for mothers to start businesses, and post-hurricane disbursements of food, crops and livestock to help families rebuild.
Vocational and Therapeutic Art: Training in creative vocations for Haitian teens with disabilities. Art therapy and performing arts opportunities for all the children and families served by Pazapa.